Peninsula Grammar recruits netball champ as head coach

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Peninsula Grammar has appointed former England and Tactix coach Sue Hawkins as its Head Coach of Netball.

Ms Hawkins helped Australia to victory in the 1983 Netball World Cup and coached England to the 2011 World Cup before taking the reins of the New Zealand franchise for three years in the ANZ Championship. She is a member of the International Netball Federation Coaching Advisory Panel and was appointed Netball Australia’s first high-performance manager in 1999.

“My aim is to create a challenging, inclusive, professional high-performance program, one that will motivate our players and coaches to be better tomorrow than they were today,” she said of her new role. “It is critical that this program has a balance between performance, recovery loading and fun. I am teacher trained so am thrilled to be returning to school to work with the students at Peninsula Grammar.”

Principal Stuart Johnston said Ms Hawkins’ appointment clearly demonstrates the school’s commitment to a first-class sports program. “We know that the best coaches get the most out of their players, and Ms Hawkins’ career to date shows her dedication both professionally and personally to her team members drives them to excel.”

Peninsula Grammar’s Director of Sport, Shona Middleton, said Ms Hawkins would be an invaluable addition to the school’s elite development coaching team.